Elections 2021

Following the CUPE 4600 Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, April 7th, elections for all CUPE 4600 Executive positions will be held via online voting from 10:00am on Thursday, April 8th until 10:00am on Monday, April 12th.

Each year at the local's Annual General Meeting (AGM), CUPE 4600 elects its Executive Board, Trustees, and a variety of Council and delegate positions from within the union’s membership.

Due to the ongoing global pandemic, we are unable to hold an in-person AGM. Instead, the local will carry out elections using an online voting platform.

Please see the below information regarding the upcoming election. If you have any questions, please contact the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Dan Sawyer, at bao@cupe4600.ca.

Contents

  1. What Executive Board positions are open for election?

  2. What Executive Council positions are open for election?

  3. What other positions are open for election?

  4. When and where will the election take place?

  5. When is the nomination period?

  6. Who can be nominated?

  7. What is the nomination process?

  8. Will the union share nominee statements with the membership?

  9. Can more than one person hold a single position?

  10. How long are the terms of office?

  11. What is the time commitment and workload?

  12. Is there an honorarium?

  13. How can I get more information?

1. What Executive Board positions are open for election?

You can find a full breakdown of the responsibilities for all Executive Board positions by reading Articles 8 and 10 of the CUPE 4600 Bylaws (pdf). Positions open for election at the AGM include:

  • President

  • Vice-President Internal

  • Vice-President External

  • Vice-President Unit 1

  • Vice President Unit 2

  • Secretary-Treasurer

  • Recording Secretary

  • Chief Steward Unit 1

  • Chief Steward Unit 2

2. What Executive Council Positions are open for election?

You can find a full breakdown of the responsibilities for all Executive Council positions by reading Articles 9 and 10 of the CUPE 4600 Bylaws (pdf). You can find a description of the role of Equity Trustee in the CUPE 4600 Equity Policy.

Positions open for election at the AGM include:

  • Health & Safety Committee Co-Chairs (1 from each Unit)

  • Personal Safety Representative

  • Human Rights Representative

  • CUPE Council Delegates (3)

  • CUPE Ontario Convention Delegate (1)

  • Equity Trustee

3. What other positions are open for election?

You can find a full breakdown of the responsibilities for the below positions in Article 10 of the CUPE 4600 Bylaws (pdf).

  • Trustee (3)

  • Unit 2 Health Plan Trustee (1)

4. When and where will the election take place?

Elections will take place via an online voting platform. Members will receive login credentials via email on Thursday, April 8th, and will be able to cast their ballot via the online platform from 10:00am on Thursday, April 8th until 10:00am, on Monday, April 12th. Results will be announced on Tuesday, April 13th.

5. When is the nomination period?

The nomination period will run from 9:00am, Wednesday, March 24th, until Annual General Meeting on April 7th, 2021.

Candidates may be nominated from the floor during the Annual General Meeting.

No nomination shall be considered for a member not in attendance at the AGM or who has not filed in writing with the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) their consent to be nominated, duly witnessed by another member.

 

6. Who can be nominated?

All nominees must be members in good standing of the union as of May 1st, 2021. A member in good standing either:

  • currently holds a bargaining unit position and has paid their dues to CUPE 4600; or

  • has held a Unit 1 TA/RA position within the past 12 months and/or has priority; or

  • has held a Unit 2 CI position within the preceding 24 months.

The following positions are only open to Unit 1 members:

  • Vice-President Unit 1

  • Chief Steward Unit 1

  • 1 Joint Health & Safety Committee Co-Chair

The following positions are only open to Unit 2 members:

  • Vice-President Unit 2

  • Chief Steward Unit 2

  • 1 Joint Health & Safety Committee Co-Chair

  • 1 CI Benefits Trustee

Per the CUPE 4600 Equity Policy, nominees for the position of Equity Trustee must be a member in good standing who self-identifies as someone from a marginalized or equity seeking group. Executive Board members may not also serve as an Equity Trustee.

Any nominee for the position of Financial Trustee must be a member in good standing and cannot have been a member of the Executive Board during the year(s) which the Trustees will be examining.

7. What is the nomination process?

A member in good standing can nominate any other member in good standing. Any nomination must be seconded by another member in good standing. Members cannot nominate themselves.

To nominate someone, you must:

1. Send an email with the subject line ‘CUPE 4600 Nomination’ to the CEO at bao@cupe4600.ca with the following information:

  • the name and email address of the person being nominated, and the position for which they are being nominated;

  • the name of the nominator and which Unit they are a member of;

  • the name and email address of the seconder, and what Unit they are a part of.

2. Have the person you are nominating send a separate email to the CEO at bao@cupe4600.ca acknowledging acceptance of their nomination.

The CEO will then verify the nominee is a member in good standing and contact the seconder to verify the nomination.

 

8. Will the Union share nominee statements with the membership?

Yes. Nominees can submit a written statement, no longer than 400 words, to be placed on the union website by emailing the Chief Electoral Officer at bao@cupe4600.ca. Candidate statements submitted to the Chief Electoral Officer will be posted on the union’s website no later than 3:00pm the following work day. In addition to being hosted on the union’s website, these statements will be shared with the membership via email.

9. Can more than one person hold a position?

The positions of Vice-President Internal, Vice-President External, Vice-President Unit 1, Vice-President Unit 2, Chief Steward Unit 1 and Chief Steward Unit 2 can be shared by two people as a co-position.

If two individuals wish to be jointly nominated for a position, they must declare their desire to do so prior to the start of the election.

Any honoraria attached to the position will be split equally between the two elected individuals.

10. How long are the terms of office?

The term of office for all positions will run from May 1st, 2021 to April 30th, 2022. The sole exception is for the Trustee positions, which have a three year term running from May 1st, 2021 to April 30th, 2024.

11. What is the time commitment and workload for Executive positions?

CUPE 4600 is the largest union on campus, representing over 3000 workers. Taking on the role of a CUPE 4600 Executive member is a significant responsibility and involves not inconsiderable amounts of time, energy, and commitment. Beyond the enormous task of defending and advancing the concerns of the thousands of TAs and Contract Instructors at Carleton, Executive members are responsible for ensuring the smooth and democratic operations of the local, including managing staff, resources, and finances, and initiating and participating in a variety of campaigns on-campus and off. Any individuals interested in standing for election for any of the above positions are strongly encouraged to review CUPE 4600’s Bylaws, particularly Articles 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, and 10.

12. Is there an honorarium?

Executive Board Members will be compensated the equivalent of the CI salary for a ¼ course as outlined in the CUPE 4600 Unit 2 collective agreement. This honorarium is paid monthly, minus taxes, increasing on September 1st, 2021 at the rate specified in the Unit 2 Collective Agreement.

Additionally, Unit 2 (CI) members receive a 0.5 seniority credit for each term they serve in an elected Board or Council position.

The full descriptions of CUPE 4600 honoraria can be found in Appendix B of the union’s Bylaws.

13. How can I get more information?

For all inquiries related to the election, please contact Dan Sawyer, the Chief Electoral Officer, at bao@cupe4600.ca.

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